The first Monday of every month, the Flight Software Systems Branch holds an hour long, branch meeting to analyze the performance and discuss any pending issues concerning the branch. The format of yesterday’s meeting was a little different. Two other interns and I were each given the opportunity to conduct 10 minute presentations on what we accomplished during the 10 week period. Prior to the meeting I believed my confidence level was high because I was under the impression that I had prepared adequately for the presentation. At the start of the meeting I was a little uneasy due to the large turnout at the meeting. Nevertheless I considered it an opportunity that would polish my public speaking skills.
First up was Brandon DeCoursey, who sits within arm’s reach of my work area, and he presented his project on Charged Coupled Devices. Next in line was Bryan Barrows whose presentation was on cutting edge technology that would use Contrast Limited Adaptive Histogram Equalization to enhance vision during flight. I was under the impression that I would bore the audience with my presentation because it was not as technical as Bryan’s or Brandon’s. Surprisingly that was not the case. I introduced myself, stating my name, school, grade and major, then went along with my presentation.
My project was more on the administrative aspect of the Branch’s projects and dealt more with the software needed for efficient workflow and process management. There were not that many questions asked and that proved to me that the details of the presentation had been successfully relayed. The acting branch head, Dave Haakenson, expressed how grateful the branch was to have the interns here this summer. In addition to that, judging by the positive feedback after each of our presentations I can state that they were successful, and I believe the branch members were impressed with the effort put in by the interns to jump on board and accomplish this amount of work. It is always satisfying when your effort is acknowledged.